Leather Pride Cross Stitch Necklace


The Chicago Pride parade and I have a troubled history. In 2012, a drunk couple got into a fight in the crowd behind me which resulted in one of the pair taking a swing at their partner which, instead, glanced off the back of my skull and knocked me into a no parking sign just as the Chicago leather pride group were passing, looks of horror on their faces at the non-consensual display of violence.

The leather pride flag was created by activist Tony DeBlase in 1989 and presented for the first time at International Mister Leather in Chicago later that year. IML historically falls on my birthday weekend and, living in Boystown, the neighborhood gets a bit rowdy during that time. In most gay neighborhoods across the country, the little shops that sell pride gear will have leather pride colors included in their merchandise all year round. For this and many other reasons, I wanted to give approximating this design a shot.

Bottle cap
Pringles lid
U.S. Quarter
Plastic pushpin
16-count cross stitch cloth
7mm jump ring
Red cotton embroidery floss
Black cotton embroidery floss
Electric blue embroidery floss
Jewelry pliers
Sewing needles




Halfway done — the 8-bit heart is looking a bit like a Space Invader, but that’s all right!



The cap I ended up going with for the necklace was one from the Chicago Beer Company — which I thought was fitting considering the flag’s origins.



And there we have it! I’m incredibly pleased with how it turned out, Space Invaders heart and all. What do you guys think?

~ by blackmoodcraft on August 2, 2014.

One Response to “Leather Pride Cross Stitch Necklace”

  1. […] the best approximation for the flag design was a little trickier than the leather pride cross stitch design. The flag itself depicts seven color stripes as well as the bear paw print in the upper left […]

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